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If you have used your fishing tackle, shoes and/or waders in other countries before bringing it to Iceland, it must be sterilised before you use it in Icelandic waters.

Further information can be obtained from - the Icelandic Food & Veterinary Authority's website.

A pdf of the form which needs to be authorised by a veterinarian and is required by Icelandic customs officers can be found here at this link


Guidelines for disinfection are as follows:

The equipment should be immersed in disinfectant solution and then dried with a soft cloth. Examples of approved disinfectants are as follows:

  • Alcohol: 70-85% solution (disinfectant alcohol).
  • VIRKON-S 1% solution (10 grams (2 tablets) dissolved in a litre of water). The solution is pink/red but becomes clear over time as activity decreases.
  • If dirt or moisture is noticeable, the equipment must be thoroughly cleaned before disinfection.
  • Spray the liquid carefully over the surfaces to be disinfected. In the case of a fishing rod, it is enough to just spray the shaft.
  • Fishing reels and hook boxes can be sprayed in their entirety and then rinsed well in running water after a.m. 10 min. contact time. (Note: Fly boxes often contain new unused flies which are thus exempt from disinfection).
  • Hooks, knives, rotors, fishing vests, fishing shoes and waders should also be sprayed carefully (even dipped in a disinfectant) and then placed directly in a plastic bag for ca 10 minutes.

A 24 hour disinfection service is provided at Keflavik International Airport. Contact the custom officers for this service.

Please note that all import of fresh bait of organic origin is strictly forbidden. This ban includes for example all kinds of worms, larvae, shrimps, minnows and eggs of fish. Any attempt to import such bait is punishable by law.

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